Two Simple Poses for Taking Your Newborn Photos at Home
Updated: Mar 28
During this crazy time, I want all the families to be able to capture these precious newborn memories so I made a quick, simple tutorial to help you take newborn photos in the comfort of your home. I'd LOVE to see some final baby pictures!
The Set Up:
- A low poser of any kind. A crib mattress, large couch cushion or even the floor could work!
- Multiple blankets both thick and thin.
- Rolled blanket or travel pillow (like the ones that go on your neck on airplanes)
- Blanket, sheet or stretchy fabric for top layer.
- Swaddle of some kind. Swaddle blankets, scarf, old sweater cut up, jersey fabric, stretchy sheets could all be used
- Hats, bonnets or headbands if you'd like.
- Other props such as stuffed animals, wedding rings, personal items of family members... the options are endless. Just be sure they are safe for baby and not by their face.
- Camera with strap
One of my favorite setups for newborn pictures...the low poser with multiple blankets. Tip: fold them in half or more to create more layers, this will give you a smoother top layer.
Taking pictures of your precious baby:
- Set poser close to a window but out of direct light. Sheer curtains can defuse light nicely!
- Roll one blanket into a long "worm" and put that under all the layers of blankets (see video).
- Baby perpendicular to the window or head closer to window than feet. This will provide flattering lighting.
- I start swaddled then move to arms out but at home, you could do whatever work best for you and baby.
- Lay baby all the way on top of the rolled blanket and have their bum in the "dip"
- Angle yourself above their face. Remember that camera strap!!!
- If you are unsure how to set your camera you can use auto settings. If shooting manual, I like a Lowe aperture to create a little background blur.
- HAVE FUN! Be creative.
- Take multiple shots from multiple angles. In the video, I demonstrate some different angles.
Here is the quick (iPhone...eeekk) video of how to achieve these timeless newborn photos. It may not be pretty but it works! :)
To see some final images from previous newborn sessions check them out here: https://www.jodyaphotography.com/post/finals-images
For Newborn information and to request availability: https://www.jodyaphotography.com/newborn